St. Martin’s will host a blood drive administered by the American Red Cross on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 3 till 7 p.m. Anyone 17 or older is eligible to donate. You can sign up in Park Hall or online at redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code stmartins.
For this to be a successful drive we need many donors, so please share this information with friends and family members. St. Martin’s would like to share the gift of life with as many people as possible. Thanks for your generosity!
For questions or to volunteer to help, please contact D’Arcy Elsperman.
- On any given day, an average of 38,000 units of red blood cells are needed for hospital patients in the United States.
- One in 10 people entering a hospital needs blood.
- In the U.S., someone needs a blood transfusion about every two seconds.
- There is no substitute for human blood. It cannot be manufactured.
- The average body has 10 to 12 pints of blood.
- There are about one billion red blood cells in two to three drops of blood.
- A newborn baby has about one cup of blood in his or her body.
- Blood is often needed for traumas, heart surgeries, joint replacements, organ transplants, premature babies, leukemia and cancer treatments and much more.
- Medications do not prevent people from donating.
- One-year concer survivors, diabetics, and people with high blood pressure are eligible to donate.
- Discontinue drinking tea 3 to 4 days ahead of donating as the tannins in it can block absorption of iron. Drink lots of water.
- Be sure to eat at regular meal time and drink plenty of fluids before donating.